Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
More than 2,000 Americans died on the shores of Normandy on June 6th, 1944, known to all as D-Day. On a cliff high above Omaha Beach rests the Normandy American Cemetery, one of the world’s best-known military cemeteries. Buried on these hallowed grounds are the remains of nearly 9,400 servicemen and women who died on and around Omaha and Utah beaches, and in the struggle that followed to break out from the beachhead. There are 38 sets of brothers buried next to one another. At the center of the cemetery sits a small chapel. A ceiling mosaic depicts America blessing her sons as they depart to fight for freedom.
Normandy American Cemetery is one of 14 permanent American WWII military cemeteries on foreign soil. The government of France granted use of the land in perpetuity, as a permanent burial ground.
It was humbling to walk among the crosses and a privilege to be able to pay my respects to the men and women who served and gave their lives on the beaches of Normandy and in the cities and towns of France.